The Festival of Spring

Published on April 11, 2015 09:32:32 AM
The Hindu parlance says that the cycle of life is divided into six seasonal variations, namely Vasanta, Grishma, Varsha, and Sarad, hemantha, sisira ritus or seasons. The king of all seasons is said to be the Vasanta or the spring season. This brings in a lot of hope and jubilation in people, generally.It has a significance of bringing in new aspirations into the lives of people, who start their life on a new mode. Nature itself ushers a new life as trees sprout, flowers blossom in abundance and everything is brimming with life. This new birth of life is celebrated as ‘Vasantotsavam’ or the spring festival. In old era, kings and Queens were celebrating the spring festival on a large scale; there is inscriptional evidence, to show that Kings of India were celebrating the spring festival on a large scale.
In Modern India too, great intellectuals like Rabindranath Tagore introduced the festival in his Shantiniketan and wrote songs of spring too. One of the songs is a clarion call for all to celebrate the festival on a lavish, joyful mood.
‘Ore bonobashi, tui dekh hordom laglo jibon phule phule tole tole laglo jibon laglo jibon’
(Lo behold o residents of the groves!, every tree and sapling brims with new life, every moment is joyous! Come and celebrate)
in fact ,Rabindranath wanted Indian seasons to be celebrated and cherished. He started the ‘boshontotshob’ or the festival of spring in his Santiniketan.
Hence hail the spring "Vasanta Agaccha”(Come spring, usher in life!).